The Pawanmuktasana series is a hallmark of the Satyananda Yoga tradition. It is divided into three distinct groups of asanas: the anti-rheumatic group, the digestive/abdominal group, and the shakti bandha group. It is one of the most important groups of practices that has a profound effect not only on the body but the whole personality.
‘Pawan’ means wind or air. It refers to the energy or prana flowing in our body like the wind. ‘Mukta’ means to release. Therefore Pawanmuktasana refers to a group of asanas which helps to unblock the flow of prana in the body thereby improving flexibility and strength and bestowing a feeling of lightness in the body and mind. The energy becomes blocked due to incorrect lifestyle, stress and various other factors, making us vulnerable to ailments. This can be rectified by a daily practice of Pawanmuktasana series, which brings profound relaxation, tones the entire psycho-physiological structure and prepares the body for the practice of advanced techniques.
Pawanmuktasana 1 or the anti-rheumatic series is a group of practices for all the joints in the limbs and the neck. It helps in improving flexibility, removing toxins and strengthening joints. It can be practised even by those who are weak physically due to some health conditions and cannot do many other asanas. It is very useful for people suffering from joint-related disorders such as arthritis or rheumatism, and is found to be very effective in managing diabetes, hypertension and heart conditions. It helps in improving the awareness of body parts and brings better coordination between body and mind.
In these five days of Yoga Anubhava, we will be focusing completely on the PM 1 series and see how these simple and easy-to-do joint movements can take us into deeper and profound experiences.